We’re going to the edge of the Final Frontier this week with Star Trek: Voyager. Twenty-five years ago, the last of the “Next Gen” series premiered. How well do you remember the show?
CBS AllAccess is making the first episode of Star Trek: Picard free for a limited time on YouTube.
If you’re curious about the show before dropping another subscription fee, check it out. (Embedding is disabled for this video, so you have to watch it on YouTube.com).
ETA: Apparently this is for US folks only.
Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana has passed away at the age of 80 after a brief illness. She wrote for a variety of TV shows, including four Star Trek series, Babylon 5, and much more. She wrote the Star Trek novel, Vulcan’s Glory, which tells of Spock’s first mission aboard the Enterprise and explored Captain Pike’s “Number One” character (played by Majel Barret in the unaired pilot, “The Cage”).
In a male-dominated industry, she hid her gender using her initials (a common practice in those days for women writers).
Fontana wrote one of (if not the best) episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, “Yesteryear” as well as the DS9 episode “Dax” which explored the past hosts of Jadzia’s symbiote. She also wrote “Journey to Babel” for TOS, which introduced Spock’s parents, Sarek and Amanda.
Raise a glass of Romulan Ale, “To absent friends.”
Aron Eisenberg, best known for playing Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has passed away at the age of 50 from unknown causes. He brought us a fantastic character and, I would argue, one of the best character arcs of any character in any Star Trek. Eisenberg brought a mischievous charm to the character, taking him from juvenile thief to Starfleet Lieutenant. He was also an ardent fan of Star Trek as a whole and ran a podcast, The 7th Rule along side friend and costar Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko). More…
Thirty episodes! And it’s way past time we hit Star Trek again. This time, it’s the series that brought the franchise back to TV. Plus, with the new Picard series coming soon, it’s good to catch up with the Captain, Riker, Data, and all the rest.
Specifically, CBS and Viacom are merging back into one entity. Previously, CBS owned the TV rights to Star Trek while Viacom owned the movie rights (they split up in 2006). It’s partly what led to the JJ Abrams 2009 reboot movies, rather than a continuation of the TNG/DS9/VOY story arc. This will also mean that all of Paramount’s movies will be (theoretically) available on CBS All Access in the future.
It’s not much, but it’s something. The show will air on CBS All Access in the US and on Amazon Prime everywhere else.
It’s finally available for pre-order on Amazon. If you didn’t catch it in theaters Monday (the only time it will be shown on the big screen), you can get the crowd-funded love letter to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on disk when it’s released in August.